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February 20, 2008
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MQM bags two, PPP one NA seat in Hyderabad

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February 20, 2008

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HYDERABAD: The candidates of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) swept the elections in Hyderabad and received millions of votes to win two national and four provincial assembly seats with the Pakistan Peopleís Party (PPP) gaining victory on one national and two provincial assembly seats.

According to unofficial results issued by returning officers, MQM candidate for NA-219 Syed Tayyab Hussain won the elections by securing 168,136 votes while his opponent, PPP candidate Ali Mohammad Sahito, got 25,343 votes with voting turnout of 56.08 per cent.

The MQM had won the elections on this seat in 2002 elections also and its candidate Prof Khalid Wahab then had bagged 36,755 votes and PPP candidate grabbed 8,762 votes but after his death Pervez Qureshi of MQM won the polls with over 80,000 votes.

MQM candidate for NA-220 Salahuddin won by getting 104,740 votes against PPP candidate Irfan Qureshi, who secured 24,069 votes with voting turnout of 62.85 per cent. MQM had lost this seat in 2002 elections to MMA candidate, who won the polls with 41,190 votes and the MQM candidate had lost with 40,580 votes.

Pakistan Peopleís Party (PPP) candidate Syed Ameer Ali Shah Jamote won the polls by obtaining 12,137 votes and his opponent, PML-Q candidate Shahabuddin Hussain, was able to get only 10,609 votes with voting turnout of 37.12 per cent. He had also won the elections in 2002 with 44,899 votes and PML-Q candidate then secured 12,966 votes.

PPP candidate for PS-47 Zahid Bhurguri also won the elections by bagging 64,402 votes, defeating MQM candidate who got only 7,744 votes with voting turnout of 36.15 per cent. Bhurguri had also won the 2002 elections with 18,994 votes and his opponent, an MQM candidate, lost with just 4,572 votes.

Akram Qureshi of MQM at PS-45 won the elections by obtaining 73,209 votes and defeated PPP candidate Pasha Kazi who got 10,056 votes with voting turnout at 48.06 per cent. MQM had lost this seat to MMA

candidate in the 2002 polls.

Waseem Hussain of MQM was declared unofficially successful on PS-46 seat of Hyderabad by securing 74,116 votes and his opponent, PPP candidate Fayyaz Shah, got 15,199 votes with overall voting percentage at 49.84 per cent while in the 2002 elections MQM candidate was successful on this seat by getting 23,281 votes against PPP candidateís 2,947 votes.

On PS-48, MQM candidate Zubair Ahmed Khan won with 111,108 votes against PPP candidate Ahmed Qureshi getting only 6,345 votes and the voting turnout remained 62.47 per cent. MQM candidate in the 2002 polls won the seat with 21,691 votes and PPP candidate got only 1,602 votes.

Sohail Yusuf, MQM candidate for PS-49, got 56,817 votes against PPPís Jabbar Khan who managed to secure 18,591 votes with overall voting turnout at 48.20 per cent. MQM candidate won the polls in 2002 with 13,349 votes and PPP candidate got 6,310 votes on this constituency. PS-50 candidate of PPP Pir Amjad Shah Jilani won the elections by securing 51,668 votes, defeating PML-Q candidate Sher Mohammad Talpur who got only 7,501 votes with the overall voting turnout remaining 40.02 per cent. Jilani also won the 2002 elections with 33,727 votes.

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